New 2023 Peugeot 408: UK costs and specs revealed
The Peugeot 408 fastback is now on sale in Britain, and Peugeot has outlined costs for its eye-catching new mannequin, ranging from £31,050. Plug-in hybrid fashions are a key a part of the combination too, with the PHEV line-up kicking off from £38,400.
The brand new 408 vary opens with the 1.2-litre PureTech 130 mannequin, utilising a turbocharged petrol engine with 128bhp and sending drive to the entrance axle through an eight-speed automated transmission – the gearbox being normal throughout all the line-up. Two plug-in hybrid choices mix 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol energy with battery and motor know-how, out there with 178bhp within the HYBRID 180 mannequin and 222bhp within the HYBRID 225 model of the 408.
Trim ranges start with Attract, with normal tools together with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with adaptive beams, and partial man-made leather-based upholstery. A Peugeot i-Join infotainment system is supplied with related navigation with over-the-air updates together with a 180-degree reversing digicam.
Attract Premium is the subsequent rung up the ladder. Ranging from £32,175, the extent of normal equipment grows to incorporate 19-inch diamond minimize wheels, keyless entry and go in addition to further security and driver help options together with superior emergency braking, entrance parking sensors, adaptive cruise management, rear cross site visitors alert and ‘lengthy vary’ blind spot detection.
The GT trim degree begins from £34,650 and is distinguished by the sporty styling additions, further drive modes and additional tech it introduces. GT fashions include 19-inch ‘Graphite’ diamond minimize wheels and a distinct trying entrance grille that includes body-coloured components. Inside is a full grain leather-based steering wheel with a heating operate, behind which sits a 10-inch digital instrument panel. The Driver Sport Pack launched on the GT mannequin contains steering, throttle and engine modes designed to reinforce ‘suggestions and response.’
As is commonly the case with new automobiles, a fully-loaded launch version of the 408 is obtainable. Known as First Version, it prices £45,000 and is barely out there with the 222bhp 225 HYBRID drivetrain. 20-inch alloy wheels are included, as is a ten-way electrically adjustable drivers seat and a six-way adjustable equal for the entrance passenger, each seats that includes heating and therapeutic massage capabilities. The on-board charger is upgraded to the 7.4kW system, in contrast with the three.7kW single-phase charging normal on different plug-in hybrid fashions within the line-up.
Platform, powertrains and efficiency
Sitting between the 508 giant household hatch and the mid-size 3008 SUV, the 408 is just like the Polestar 2 in bodystyle. It is basically a raised-up five-door with a big hatchback tailgate, specializing in practicality and elegance. Peugeot says it is the primary automotive of its sort available on the market.
A lot of the 408’s styling is new floor for Peugeot, though there are clear nods to the most recent 308.
The 408 sits on the most recent evolution of Peugeot’s EMP2 platform and is powered by a single pure-petrol engine in addition to plug-in hybrid powertrains. The model has additionally confirmed a totally electrical variant – more likely to be referred to as the e-408 – will comply with “just a few months later.”
The one non-electrified model would be the entry-level 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit – and even this might be changed by a mild-hybrid variant on the finish of 2023, the agency says.
The pair of plug-in powertrains consists of Peugeot’s 178bhp Hybrid 180 and the 222bhp Hybrid 225. Each variants use the identical 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to an electrical motor that’s fed by a 12.4kWh battery, which can take one hour and 55 minutes to cost from a 7kW wallbox. Peugeot claims that as much as 40 miles of pure electrical working is feasible, relying on spec.
All engines are mated solely to an eight-speed automated gearbox, so count on the 1.2 petrol to speed up from 0-62mph in round 10 seconds. The electrical help from the plug-in hybrids means they’ll each be faster regardless of carrying further weight, so the Hybrid 225 may dip under 8.5 seconds for a similar benchmark dash.
The quickest model will undoubtedly be the e-408, nonetheless. Energy will come from a 54kWh battery, which is barely larger than the unit you’ll discover within the Peugeot e-2008 and e-208, however encompasses a new chemical composition to enhance vary and effectivity.
Peugeot claims the e-308 will be capable to recharge 20-80 per cent in lower than 25 minutes with a 100kW charging capability, so we’ll count on the identical for the e-408. A 248-mile vary for the e-308 has additionally been claimed, however with the extra upright, less-aerodynamic stance of the e-408, it’ll most likely not match the e-308 on that measure.
Design and know-how
Challenge Design Director Pierre-Paul Mattei advised us that the 408’s design and positioning is the important thing to this new mannequin, nonetheless.
“The brand new 408 began just a few years in the past with the target of reinventing the saloon. The driving place is dynamic – greater than a saloon however not at the same time as excessive as a coupe-SUV. It’s for individuals searching for one thing new. It’s a really dynamic saloon with the sensation of contemporary Peugeot DNA.
“Nothing is impartial on this automotive,” he stated. “All the things is doing one thing. The design therapy is totally different to what we’ve been used to at Peugeot. It’s sharper, a diamond-faceted design. It’s disruptive. Take the [optional] 20-inch wheels, we tried to combine the sq. sample right into a circle.”
At 4.69 metres lengthy with a 2.79m wheelbase, the 408 is comparatively lengthy, and at 1.48m tall the texture is extra of a raised-up saloon than a coupe-SUV.
In contrast with the intricate grille, in profile the 408’s strains are comparatively easy, outlined by clean surfaces intersected by sharp creases and a extra rounded shoulder line. The rear-end design is as elaborate because the entrance, with the decrease plastic a part of the bumper creating an “inverted cut-out” as a part of the high-set, chopped-off tail with the purpose of lowering its visible mass and reinforcing the 408’s raised stance. The automotive will are available in six physique colors, together with this new Obsession Blue.
Regardless of the 408’s modern profile, which additionally helps cut back drag to 0.28Cd, there’s been a big concentrate on practicality, as Mattei advised us. “Roominess was actually a problem with this automotive, it gives probably the most kneeroom within the rear of all of the Peugeot vary, at 188mm. It’s a worldwide automotive that integrates expectations for spaciousness from the Chinese language market.”
Incorporating these necessities needs to be helpful for European prospects too, and sitting within the automotive on the 408’s unveiling we discovered there to be a very good degree of house. Regardless of the low roofline Peugeot claims loads of headroom too, with little reduction areas within the roof on the rear to spice up house.
Relating to baggage room, the ICE model gives 536 litres with the rear seats in place rising to 1,611 litres with the backrests folded down, whereas the PHEV fashions serve up 471 litres with the rear seats up because of the battery consuming into house.
The sprint design is identical because the 308 hatchback’s, so the 408 additionally boasts Peugeot’s evolution of its i-Cockpit inside structure, together with the centrally mounted 10-inch i-Join Superior infotainment system with the model’s newest touch-sensitive i-Toggles mounted decrease down.
Alongside this newest infotainment set-up, which options over-the-air replace functionality and Peugeot’s voice recognition tech, the 408 may even be out there with loads of superior equipment, corresponding to a 10-speaker Focal stereo, matrix LED headlights, the power to attach two smartphones by way of the most recent connectivity packages, 4 USB ports and wi-fi charging. A powered tailgate with a foot-activated sensor and heated seats may even be out there, plus Peugeot’s newest semi-autonomous driving tech.
The model’s Drive Help 2.0 package deal brings semi-automatic lane altering, whereas adaptive cruise management with lane comply with and lane maintain help additionally function. There’s an evening imaginative and prescient system, in addition to cross site visitors alert and long-range blind spot monitoring all on provide, whereas Peugeot has developed thicker, laminated home windows, out there as an possibility, to additional enhance refinement.
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